North Carolina Pioneers

Charmingly Historic Bath, North Carolina

St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Bath, North Carolina In 1706 the town of Bath was established at the mouth of the Pamlico River and was laid out by John Lawson (surveyor general), John Martin Sr. and Simon Alderson Sr. St. Thomas' Church was established in 1734 and is the oldest surviving church in North Carolina. Some of the earliest settlers were French Huguenots from Manakin Town in Virginia, having settled near the mouth of the Trent River ca 1707. Some of the congregation including the Reverend Claude Philippe de Richebourg removed to the Santee River in South Carolina. Pictured is the St. Thomas Episcopal Church and the temporary home of Edward Teach, "blackbeard" a frequent visitor to these parts.

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